Nazri: It’s pub­lic’s right to ques­tion Mukhriz’s source of wealth

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UMNO Supreme Coun­cil mem­ber Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz yes­ter­day has re­minded Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia deputy pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Mukhriz Ma­hathir of his po­si­tion as a pub­lic fig­ure.

Nazri said due to Mukhriz’s sta­tus in the po­lit­i­cal land­scape, it would not be wise for the lat­ter to ques­tion why the peo­ple and main­stream me­dia were ask­ing about his fam­ily’s wealth.

He said this was be­cause the pub­lic had the right to ques­tion a po­lit­i­cal fig­ure’s source of wealth.

“When you be­come a pub­lic fig­ure, peo­ple have the right to know where your wealth comes from. So don’t pre­tend like you want to fight for the poor and such.

“What’s wrong with flaunt­ing your wealth as long as the source of the wealth is ha­lal?

“Re­li­gion doesn’t say it’s wrong for its fol­low­ers to chase af­ter wealth as long as it is done through ha­lal ways. You’re

scared, aren’t you?” he said dur­ing a me­dia con­fer­ence at the Par­lia­ment build­ing on Tues­day.

The tourism and cul­ture min­is­ter told Mukhriz to not prac­tise dou­ble stan­dard when it came to the me­dia, re­gard­less it was main­stream or al­ter­na­tive me­dia.

He said if the non-main­stream me­dia could ques­tion and ex­pose the wealth of gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and min­is­ters, the main­stream me­dia too could do the same to pub­lic fig­ures.

“Don’t (prac­tise) dou­ble stan­dard. We also want to know where the wealth comes from.

“I asked Dr Ma­hathir many times how his chil­dren could be so rich... it’s not like they were good at do­ing busi­ness any­way,” he said, re­fer­ring to Mukhriz’s fa­ther, who is also Pakatan Hara­pan chair­man, Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad.

Mukhriz on Mon­day crit­i­cised news­pa­pers for pub­lish­ing photos from so­cial me­dia of his daugh­ters Meera Alyanna and Melia Ser­ena, who al­legedly dis­played the fam­ily’s wealth.

The for­mer Kedah menteri be­sar had asked about the need for the peo­ple to ques­tion the source of his fam­ily’s riches, adding that his fam­ily had never stole money or ob­tained it from ill-got­ten gains. On Sun­day, Malay and Chi­nese dailies pub­lished re­ports pur­port­edly of Mukhriz’s daugh­ters’ lav­ish life­styles, along with pic­tures of one of his daugh­ters on a pri­vate boat named Pu­teri Alyanna.

Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz

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